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“At my PTA”

If you are a parent or educator, then you probably have a story to tell that begins with, “At my PTA…” This week, one of those stories gained major media attention for a PTA that took an innovative approach to fundraising—often called a “non-fundraiser.” You may have seen it on Facebook or media outlets like CNN. The Facebook post celebrates the humor … [Read More...]

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New Poll Shows Little Appetite for Vouchers but a Craving for Resources

This week, PDK and Gallup released the results from the 2015 Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. In the season of presidential campaigning when it feels like Americans are constantly pitted against each other, it is a welcome respite to find widespread agreement on some issues related to public education. The poll conducted 3,499 interviews … [Read More...]

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Encourage Creativity During #ArtsEdWeek

This September 14-18, PTAs and schools nationwide encourage creativity during National Arts in Education Week to raise awareness of the value the arts bring to a high-quality, comprehensive education. The weeklong initiative is designed to celebrate the arts, spotlight the importance of arts education and encourage participation in arts programs and activities like … [Read More...]

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How to help your kids at school — even if you don’t understand what they are doing

It’s back-to-school time, and it’s not just kids feeling the anxiety. Parents have their own set of worries with a new school year starting, so, here is some help from Laura Bay, an educator from Washington state who is the president of the National PTA. She offers some words of advice on how to help your kids at school — even if you don’t understand what they … [Read More...]

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3 Steps Forward for Our Children’s Mental Health

It is always an exciting time when children head back to school. They are excited to see old friends and make new ones, and everyone loves getting a fresh start with a clean slate each year. I raised four children myself and often think back to the day my younger daughter began first grade. I remember how worried she was about going off to school that first day. I … [Read More...]

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Markers? Check! Notebook? Check! Anaphylaxis Action Plan? Check.

(Sponsored Post) Food allergies are on the rise. In fact, an estimated one in 13 U.S. children lives with a food allergy. Do you, or does someone you know, have food allergies? If so, as school routines begin again, be sure to have an anaphylaxis action plan in place. For “Project Runway” judge, Marie Claire Creative Director and mom Nina Garcia; “Girl Meets … [Read More...]